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Orchids of Meghalaya

Meghalaya represents a wide variety in the collection of its orchids. It exhibits a superb diversity in its different colorful orchids which not only adds beauty to the nature of Meghalaya but also works as a big revenue resource for the state.

The whole cosmos has a collection of 17,000 species of orchids among which 1,250 types could be seen in India. Meghalaya orchids include as many as 300 different species that are precious to the place.

Meghalaya is remarkable for its interminable collection of orchids. This state is a reserve of different orchids. Different colorful orchids in the hilly areas and lands have given this state a vibrant look which is a long yearning scenario for the nature lovers. Meghalaya has a celebrated collection of plants which has made this state a noticeable place even for the practitioners of botany and horticulture.

Cherrapunji is the motherland of different Meghalaya orchids. The largest number of species could be found in the forests of Cherrapunji. Mawsmai and Mawmluh which have majestic collection of orchids and both hold highest positions in the collection of orchids in Meghalaya. The Sohrarim Forest which is on the way to Cherrapunji reflects a vivacious collection of orchids.

The orchids of Meghalaya are exported to Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, China, etc. Even this export business is extended up to countries like Thailand, Burma, Malaya, and so on which work as a big economic resource for Meghalaya.

Very recently the Meghalaya Government has become extremely conscious in preserving the lives of these orchids at Meghalaya as they are the natural property of Meghalaya. Special efforts will be taken soon to secure and maintain the lives of these trees.

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